Oskar Schlemmer and Browne's Triadic Ballet
The wonderful world of Thom Browne. A show for show's sake during New York Fashion Week is such a welcome retreat, and no one does it better than Mr Browne. From the Edna Barnes Salomon Room of the New York Public Library, the wacky wavy rainbow plaid dresses were set in a space age spirographic ballet, each of the models entering the scene in increasingly elaborate and occasionally sea-themed ensembles. They took a look around and then were placed onto individual spinning black and white spiral discs, turned and inspected one at a time by a crew of silver beehive turbaned young men, set to the desperate whine of an airplane's drone and then, in finale, to Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights'. It was Thom Browne's exquisite Triadic Ballet.
Dazed Digital: What was the inspiration behind this collection?
Thom Browne: It's really an homage to Oskar Schlemmer and his amazing conceptual ideas from the 1920s, mixed with my preppy, American sportswear ideas and putting them together. A really good friend introduced me to Oskar Schlemmer. It really came from the men's show and the silver Slinkys that I used, covering the eyes. From there it was the whole idea of the ballet dancers and a lot of the concepts for the clothes.